McCain’s apology to Paul, Cruz too little, too late

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In a classic example of “too little, too late,” Sen. John McCain has apologized for calling Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds,” according to Fox News.

“[In] an interview, I said that Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul were ‘wacko birds.’ That was inappropriate, and I apologize to them for saying that, and I respect them both. I respect what they stand for and what they believe in. They both made an impact out here in the United States Senate,” McCain said in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday.

Odds are, McCain has seen polling numbers that show he’s taking a beating for criticizing the bold actions of his fellow Republican senators and is now quietly slipping into damage-control mode.

When asked about McCain’s comment, Cruz said: “On the substance, if it makes us wacko birds to stand for liberty, to stand for the Constitution, then that’s a badge of honor I wear proudly.”

During his speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Paul clearly alluded to McCain’s criticisms, Politico reported.

“The GOP of old has grown stale and moss covered,” Paul said during his CPAC speech. “I don’t think we need to name names here, do we?”

It’s a belief that seems to reflect a growing consensus among many conservative Americans who are ready for new leadership within the Republican Party.

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